Tuesday, August 26, 2014

8. Rivalry or Reconciliation? (We Make the Road by Walking)

Cain killed his brother Abel

1.  What one thought or idea from today's lesson especially intrigued, provoked, disturbed, challenged, encouraged, warmed, warned, helped, or surprised you?

2.  Share a story about how a conflict or rivalry with a family member, friend, or colleague challenged you to face yourself...and God.

3.  Respond to the idea that in revenge, we seek to imitate the person who has wronged us, and that in reconciliation, we imitate and reflect God.

4.  Tell us about someone you had a chance to forgive.


5.  Look for opportunities for others to "see the face of God" in your face, and seek the face of God in their faces, too — especially those you may see as rivals or outcasts.


6.  In silence, ponder forgiveness, and thank God for the joy of being forgiven — and for the release of forgiving others.

We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation ~ by Brian D. McLaren, 2014

1 comment:

Shirley said...

I've been pondering this topic and have had difficulty coming up with a personal example of giving or receiving forgiveness.

However, this morning while thinking of my discouragement and even anger at the results of yesterday's elections (especially in Kansas), I realize that I need to try to understand the feelings of Kansans and to forgive them for their continued selfishness and ignorance.

This reflection is not about a personal situation with a one to one confrontation with an individual or group, but is a situation in which I need to try to become more understanding than angry so does relate to forgiveness.